Holly Gibney has been a recurring presence in Stephen King’s books since he introduced the character in 2014’s Mr. Mercedes, and over time she has transformed from a shy recluse to a full-fledged, occasionally tough private detective. Now Gibney is returning in King’s new novel Holly to solve the gruesome mystery behind multiple disappearances in a Midwestern town.
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When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency for help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case. Her partner, Pete, has COVID. Her (very complicated) mother has just died. And Holly is meant to be on leave. But something in Penny Dahl’s desperate voice makes it impossible for Holly to turn her down. Mere blocks from where Bonnie Dahl disappeared live professors Rodney and Emily Harris. They are the picture of bourgeois respectability: married octogenarians, devoted to each other, and semi-retired lifelong academics. But they are harboring an unholy secret in the basement of their well-kept, book-lined home, one that may be related to Bonnie’s disappearance. And it will prove nearly impossible to discover what they are up to: They are savvy, they are patient, and they are ruthless. Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outthink and outmaneuver the shockingly twisted professors.
“I could never let Holly Gibney go,” Stephen King said in a statement. “She was supposed to be a walk-on character in Mr. Mercedes and she just kind of stole the book and stole my heart. Holly is all her.”
Holly will be published September 5 by Scribner.
Read an excerpt HERE.